Anton Buchers Leukemia Treatment

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Raised by 473 people in 21 months
Stacy Long-De La Cruz
on behalf of Jennifer Bucher
 FRISCO, TX
In your lifetime, if you are incredibly lucky, there is ONE teacher, ONE educator, ONE person who recognizes YOUR GIFT, reaches into your SOUL & IMPACTS your life forever!

Many classes of children past and present had a teacher like that in Anton Bucher.

Mr. Bucher is a mentor, friend, big brother and co-parent for his students and their families. He and his wife Christie have selflessly given their time, energy, love, encouragement & gifts to everyone they meet.

The Buchers have made their friends and family part of their journey with the Lord and the journey in the process of adopting their beautiful children, Quint & Keira.

Its our turn to show the love, energy, time, gift and financial support for the Buchers. During the last directed play at Lone Star High School, Anton experienced some health issues that led him to seek medical attention. After all the tests, diagnostics and long talks with God, Anton & Christie were given a very serious diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). AML is a very aggressive form of Leukemia.

It is so aggressive that immediately after receiving the diagnosis, Anton was transferred to another hospital to begin a very aggressive chemo regime. His initial treatment protocol is no less than 30 days...that's just the beginning.

While Anton has good insurance through Frisco Independent School District, the costs associated with his diagnosis and treatment protocol FAR exceed  what the insurance will cover.

Thankfully, many MANY people have expressed a desire to help. All of the money collected via this GoFundMe page goes directly to the Buchers to help pay for the bills they cannot take care of themselves or with the help of their family.

Anton is in the hospital NOW. The charges have already begun to pile up. He needs us!

I am humbly asking you to help us raise money for  Anton, Christie and their beautiful kids. I know I can speak for them...IT IS WITH GRATEFUL HEARTS they thank everyone for the prayers and support.

I am blessed to consider Anton & Christie my friends. I would bet you feel the same....

Forever Indebted to My Friend,
Stacy


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Friends, it was not the news we wanted to hear. It was the quite the opposite. There were many tears shed in that office and afterward. Even our sweet PA couldn't help but let a few slip out. She stayed with us long into the evening, answering our questions and helping us digest and process.

Here is what we can share today:

1. Anton's lungs are still positive for Pseudomonas, a form of pneumonia/bacterial infection. Months of treatment have done nothing to help and he has developed a Cipro resistance. Because they are starting to see a stiffening of Anton's lungs after so many months of infection, they made the decision to put a PICC line back in his arm yesterday. After which, he received a heavy dose of Tobramaxin before we were able to go home. Starting today, he will receive IV Meropenem antibiotics every eight hours, which we will administer to him at home. Today we have a visit with a home health nurse and he will teach us how to set up the antibiotics and clean the line, etc.

2. Anton's oncology team have all agreed that the post biopsy results and many issues his lungs have presented over the past year all point towards a diagnosis of Chronic GVHD of the Lungs. They are taking this very seriously and will begin aggressive treatment next Tuesday. There is no cure for this condition. There is only treatment to control the symptoms. Thursday, Anton will have a Pulmonary Function Test to determine the current condition of his lungs. Next week, he'll begin a high dose steroid treatment (Prednisone) for an indeterminate amount of time, along with an increase in his Prograf (anti-rejection) medication. If Anton's lungs show improvement after some time, they will scale back the steroids and attempt to manage the symptoms. It's a strict balancing act, we've been told. There are many serious side-affects from high dose steroid use including thinning of the bones, steroid induced diabetes, and thinning of the core muscles. If Anton's lungs do not respond well to this treatment, they have others they would like to try. Too many to list here today.

I told you I would give you the facts and so I have. Obviously there is so much more. Anton's oncology team are incredible people. They are dedicated and kind. Anton's oncologist is the most humble yet brilliant man I think we've ever met. They made it clear to us that they were going to do everything in their power to help him through this and that the goal was to keep his lungs functioning so that he can have a good quality of life. We believe them and are trusting their skill and knowledge to get us there.

Maybe you're wondering if this setback is serious and let's be honest, who really hears about GVHD of the lungs? It's obscure and so is its treatment. Everything is grey and wait and see. There are no cures. They told us yesterday, Anton will deal with this for the rest of his life. I can tell you that we have friends reading this page who have lost a daughter, a husband to GVHD of the Lungs. It's very serious and has a disturbing mortality rate. We are brokenhearted, however...

We are not without hope. We are going to do everything we can to get Anton's lungs in better shape. Anton will continue to work and pursue his passion - which is teaching theater to his students. It brings him joy and fuels his desire to be healthy! We are looking forward to his next show "White Christmas" this December and we are aiming high!

Friends, this is the time to pray for a miracle. We need miraculous healing in his lungs. We are all too aware of what we're up against, and it's not without many tears and sleepless nights that we've wrestled with the possibilities and cried out to God to make a way through this.

I'm sorry this is so long. There is no short version. We need your prayers. We need them desperately. We need miraculous healing.

Please share about Anton's life, so that we can get prayer around the world. Share the GoFundMe, for those that want to help but don't know how. Share the CarePage and our story, so that anyone walking through the valley would know they are not alone. There is strength in numbers. Strength in weakness. God's strength is perfect and it will carry us through this, as it has carried us through the past two years. The statistics say what they say...#ButGod
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Friends, it was not the news we wanted to hear. It was the quite the opposite. There were many tears shed in that office and afterward. Even our sweet PA couldn't help but let a few slip out. She stayed with us long into the evening, answering our questions and helping us digest and process.

Here is what we can share today:

1. Anton's lungs are still positive for Pseudomonas, a form of pneumonia/bacterial infection. Months of treatment have done nothing to help and he has developed a Cipro resistance. Because they are starting to see a stiffening of Anton's lungs after so many months of infection, they made the decision to put a PICC line back in his arm yesterday. After which, he received a heavy dose of Tobramaxin before we were able to go home. Starting today, he will receive IV Meropenem antibiotics every eight hours, which we will administer to him at home. Today we have a visit with a home health nurse and he will teach us how to set up the antibiotics and clean the line, etc.

2. Anton's oncology team have all agreed that the post biopsy results and many issues his lungs have presented over the past year all point towards a diagnosis of Chronic GVHD of the Lungs. They are taking this very seriously and will begin aggressive treatment next Tuesday. There is no cure for this condition. There is only treatment to control the symptoms. Thursday, Anton will have a Pulmonary Function Test to determine the current condition of his lungs. Next week, he'll begin a high dose steroid treatment (Prednisone) for an indeterminate amount of time, along with an increase in his Prograf (anti-rejection) medication. If Anton's lungs show improvement after some time, they will scale back the steroids and attempt to manage the symptoms. It's a strict balancing act, we've been told. There are many serious side-affects from high dose steroid use including thinning of the bones, steroid induced diabetes, and thinning of the core muscles. If Anton's lungs do not respond well to this treatment, they have others they would like to try. Too many to list here today.

I told you I would give you the facts and so I have. Obviously there is so much more. Anton's oncology team are incredible people. They are dedicated and kind. Anton's oncologist is the most humble yet brilliant man I think we've ever met. They made it clear to us that they were going to do everything in their power to help him through this and that the goal was to keep his lungs functioning so that he can have a good quality of life. We believe them and are trusting their skill and knowledge to get us there.

Maybe you're wondering if this setback is serious and let's be honest, who really hears about GVHD of the lungs? It's obscure and so is its treatment. Everything is grey and wait and see. There are no cures. They told us yesterday, Anton will deal with this for the rest of his life. I can tell you that we have friends reading this page who have lost a daughter, a husband to GVHD of the Lungs. It's very serious and has a disturbing mortality rate. We are brokenhearted, however...

We are not without hope. We are going to do everything we can to get Anton's lungs in better shape. Anton will continue to work and pursue his passion - which is teaching theater to his students. It brings him joy and fuels his desire to be healthy! We are looking forward to his next show "White Christmas" this December and we are aiming high!

Friends, this is the time to pray for a miracle. We need miraculous healing in his lungs. We are all too aware of what we're up against, and it's not without many tears and sleepless nights that we've wrestled with the possibilities and cried out to God to make a way through this.

I'm sorry this is so long. There is no short version. We need your prayers. We need them desperately. We need miraculous healing.

Please share about Anton's life, so that we can get prayer around the world. Share the GoFundMe, for those that want to help but don't know how. Share the CarePage and our story, so that anyone walking through the valley would know they are not alone. There is strength in numbers. Strength in weakness. God's strength is perfect and it will carry us through this, as it has carried us through the past two years. The statistics say what they say...#ButGod
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Hi All!

Well! Its been a year since we had the St Patricks Day Fundraiser for Anton. What a year it has been.

Most of you know Anton is back at work, impacting the lives of yet another generation of Lone Star HS students.

If....no....WHEN Anton makes it through AUGUST his doctor will CLAIM he is in remission!

REMISSION PEOPLE!

Each day is always touch n go. He/they need to be
very careful STILL. He gets tired like nobody's business. Although he acts just like he always has, MR ENERGY, you can see he is exhausted.

I was able to spend a little time with the whole family last week. It was great to hear Christie laugh again! The kids have gotten so grown up.

Most importantly, Anton sees the light at the end of the tunnel.

I know I can speak for them...they are extremely humbled by the love and support of their family, friends & community.

Keep praying for my friends....OUR FRIENDS.

Thank you again for everything!
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Its been 6 months and 10 days since my friend Anton called me to say he had Leukemia....and 6 months and 8 days since he told me he has AML.

And My heart broke and I cried. I cried with my friends, with my kids, with my Mom, with my husband and I cried alone.

I know those of you who have been touched and impacted by the Buchers love felt the same way.

Imagine...just for a second...the heart break, fear, pain and the horrible feelings that have no definition...that Anton, Christie, the kids and their families go through constantly without a break. Not even a second.

Thank God Anton has had the BEST possible treatment team of doctors and nurses anyone could ask for.

It is without question they most wonderful blessing.

While that is true...it is their FAITH that has gotten them through this "journey" thus far.

It has been grueling...from the excruciating mouth sores to the chemo day after day and the ISOLATION to the excruciating head pain, unbelievable sickness, infections and touch and go moments.

...and its not over. Not by a long shot.

Praise God the Stem Cell procedure was successful. He was able to fight through the post-procedure effects which were horrible.

He's back in the hospital with an infection. Its very painful.

He is spent.
Christie is spent.
The kids are spent.

Right now more than EVER they need your love and support. Morale is low. Very low.

The good news! Anton and Christie were able to leave the transplant floor yesterday and have ice cream. While its the little things that make life worth while it breaks my HEART to think Anton Bucher...the loud, larger than life, energizer bunny is in such a state.

Keep the videos coming. It really makes them feel good. They WEEP. But in a good way. Send them messages on the care page. Any love and support you can send in any form makes all the difference.

I'm so thankful that Anton & Christie were raised in such incredible faith based families. I know it gets them through every day. #ButGod

..and thank you friends. ALL of the love and support I have witnessed has truly restored my faith in humanity.

We wonder why God has this happen...I can only speak for myself...the life lesson here has been life changing...While I want Anton restored...I hope something is being restored in each and every one of you.

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Angela Sims Gerleman
21 months ago

This man is one amazing human being. My family loves and adores him and will help out in ANY way possible. Prayers and hugs to him, his family and friends during this tough time. We ❤ Mr. Bucher!!!!

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Hi, I don’t know you at all. I saw this on a friend’s feed. I just wanted to send some love to a theatre educator. Thanks for all you do/have done.

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This man is one amazing human being. My family loves and adores him and will help out in ANY way possible. Prayers and hugs to him, his family and friends during this tough time. We ❤ Mr. Bucher!!!!

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